The Scot has struggled to get results for Forest recently.
The Reds, who had previously been on a great unbeaten run, were coming into the game on the back of a four game losing streak - which has consigned talk of a potential late play-off surge to the history books.
Dougie Freedman has earned a lot of praise for Forest's form over the course of the New Year but despite that run of form the recent blip had one former Forest man doubting the longevity of Freedman at Forest.
"If we finish on a poor run, the chairman could have a big decision to make.
"I don't think he's safe yet."
That was quite a claim considering the good work Freedman has done at the City Ground, especially under the restrictions of a transfer embargo.
The Scot at least deserves the chance to have a crack at the job when Forest leave the transfer embargo, as expected, in the summer.
The win against Preston will have likely ended such debate over his future - at least for now. But it seems the merry-go-round of managers at Forest in recent times has certainly put doubt in the mind of Forest followers whenever the water becomes slightly muddy.
Hopefully Freedman will be given a chance to take this Forest team on without his hands tied behind his back.